As dementia numbers continue to spike locally and nationally, volunteers like Redondo Beach resident Avra Diamond bring companionship and joy to those struggling with the degenerative condition through BCHD’s ‘Brain Buddies’ program

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Every thursday afternoon, 73-year-old Avra Diamond (pictured above) visits her 90-year-old neighbor, Ana Marie. They started out in the summer playing games and coloring, but they have now eased into comfortable talks about the older woman’s lifetime...

Fred Manna’s charm and passion can light up a room instantly. The enthusiasm he shows toward his volunteer work is catching and it’s easy to see that he loves doing it.

Born and raised in Chicago, Fred first came to Orange County in 1982 when...

Native to Argentina, Mara Blum immigrated to the states with her parents at the age of 5. As a child, Mara acted in commercials and after-school specials but later decided to leave acting behind to become a medical malpractice lawyer, a career she...

Written by: Christina Parisi

Whether she’s studying to earn her master’s degree at UCLA or volunteering her time with Beach Cities Health District (BCHD), Youth Services Intern–Ronnie Kuwahara–has demonstrated a dedication to improving...

Yurie Seubert loves working with children, and luckily for her, she gets to do just that as an Adventure Assistant Volunteer for Beach Cities Health District’s (BCHD) AdventurePlex.

Native to Tokyo, Yurie worked as a...

BCHD is fortunate to have a number of volunteers who go above and beyond their duties to help us excel in creating a healthy beach community. Each year, Volunteer Services honors and recognizes individuals who truly embody our core values of...

Vicki Shaffer has lived in the South Bay for the past 25 years and recently retired after working as a Quality Assurance Engineer in the aerospace industry for 35 years. She knew she wanted to be of service to her community, specifically helping older...

When someone becomes a Conversation Companion, Errand Volunteer, or MoveWell Volunteer, they are matched with an older or disabled adult client who they meet with once a week for friendly visits, running errands, or in-home exercises, depending on the...

Every year, Beach Cities Health District works with students, mostly from local universities, on projects which impact the work we do in the community while helping the students gain valuable skills and experience.

Chris Wheeler has interned in...

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